Presidential poll to end Syria crisis: Walid al-Muallem

By Press TV

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has hinted that the landmark presidential election would end the three-year conflict in his country. 

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem

Al-Muallema says a political solution for the ongoing conflict in his country “begins today”.

He made the remarks at a polling station in the Prime Minister’s residence in Damascus on Tuesday.

“Today the Syrian nation will decide who they want and only the Syrian nation can legitimize the next leader,” al-Muallem said, adding, “The aggressive states demonstrated that they failed and are stuck at an impasse. Today, Syria begins to take the route of a political solution.”

His remarks come as millions of Syrians are casting their ballots to choose a president for the next seven years, amid tight security.

Over 15 million Syrians are eligible to vote in more than 9000 stations across the government-controlled areas of the country.

Election officials in the capital Damascus have described the voter turnout as great.

Incumbent President Bashar al-Assad, parliament member Maher al-Hajjar and businessman Hassan al-Nouri are competing for the top post. All the three candidates have already cast their ballots.

Syrians believe the election will help restore security in the country gripped by more than three years of foreign-backed militancy.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. Over 160,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by the foreign-backed militants.

According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.


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